Officials at Chadron State College decided earlier this year to begin a phased elimination of the program because of declined interest and support.
The decision to disband the program comes after an evaluation that was administered by a presidential committee during the 2006-2007 academic year. The committee determined if interest and support did not increase, the program should be disbanded. In fall 2007, the findings were forwarded to CSC’s academic review committee, which voted to discontinue the program after studying its viability.
Dr. Luke Perry, CSC assistant professor of social sciences who became the program’s advisor last fall, said the program is being phased out so students who are enrolled in the program can finish the required coursework. New students will not be placed in the program. He said about a dozen students are enrolled.
The Honors Program was implemented at CSC more than 20 years ago as a way to stimulate and challenge the minds of CSC’s most intellectual students. Graduates of the program have completed nine to 12 credit hours in small seminar format in which creative projects, field trips, and advanced scholarship.
The two students who will present research from their senior thesis at the Honors Colloquium on Monday, April 14, are Audrey Roberts and Daniel Schweitzer, both of Hot Springs, S.D. The event will begin in the Chicoine Atrium of the Sandoz Center at 7 p.m.
Roberts’ thesis topic is “Monetary Policy and Transparency Theory.” Schweitzer will present “The Haunted: Toward a Surrealist Epistemology.”
The program is open to the public and refreshments will be served.